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Public Information

Public Information

Quarterly Statewide Independent Living Council Meeting

The Quarterly Statewide Independent Living Council Meeting will be held Tuesday June 25th , 2024 at 12:00pm at the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services building in Madison.   The public is invited to join and make comments.  To address the Council for public comment, person(s) should make arrangements in advance by contacting Mike Duke at mike.duke@mpbonline.org or by phoning 601-853-5272. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Mike Duke at least 5 days prior to the meeting.

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Statewide Independent Living Council - Public Hearing

The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) in collaboration with LIFE and MDRS is charged with developing and maintaining the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL outlines their plans for the provision of independent living services to individuals with disabilities in Mississippi.

We are inviting fellow Mississippians, especially persons with disabilities, to our State Plan Public Hearing to be held on June 25th at 10:00am.

The current Draft State Plan can be found on the link below. The plan will be submitted to Administration on Community Living (ACL) by June 30th, 2024. Interested citizens may provide public comment and feedback on the draft SPIL to Anita Naik at 601-853-5230 or via email at Anaik@mdrs.ms.gov

Click Here for State Plan - PDF

Click Here for State Plan - Word

Click Here for Public Hearing Info - PDF
Click Here for Public Hearing Info - Work

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Notice of Contract Award - RFA #3140003853

Notice of Contract Award - RFA #3140003853

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Notice of Intent to Redesignate the Client Assistance Program

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Notice of Hearing to receive public comment on the proposal by Governor Tate Reeves to redesignate the agency responsible for the administration of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) from the current agency, the Mississippi Society for Disabilities (MSD), to the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities (MSCCD).

The Office of the Governor, through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, will hold two (2) public hearings on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, located at 1281 Highway 51, in Madison, Mississippi, and via TEAMS video conference in the main conference rooms at the following additional locations:

1. AbilityWorks, Inc.
3895 Beasley Road
Jackson, MS 39213
Telephone: (601) 898-7076
Seating Occupancy: 10

2. AbilityWorks, Inc.
613 Pegram Drive
Tupelo, MS 38802
Telephone: (662) 842-2144
Seating Occupancy: 10

3. AbilityWorks, Inc.
2503 Browning Road
Greenwood, MS 38930
Telephone: (662) 453-7500
Seating Occupancy: 10

4. AbilityWorks, Inc.
1003 College Drive
Meridian, MS 39034
Telephone: (601) 649-8094
Seating Occupancy: 10

5. AbilityWorks, Inc.
934 Industrial Park Road, N.E.
Brookhaven, MS 39601
Telephone: (601) 833-3201
Seating Occupancy: 10

6. AbilityWorks, Inc.
10280 Larkin-Smith Drive
Gulfport, MS 39503
Telephone: (228) 897-7616
Seating Occupancy: 10

7. Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center
2550 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39296
Telephone: (601) 364-2700
Seating Occupancy: 10

The purpose of these hearings is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the redesignation of the CAP from MSD to MSCCD. Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed action of the Governor’s Office may appear at the scheduled public hearings. Persons wishing to address their comments, data, views, or arguments, in written or oral form, may do so via phone, email, or direct mail to:

Kevin Bishop, Deputy Administrator
Workforce Development
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services
Physical Address: 1281 Highway 51, Madison, MS 39110
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1698, Jackson, MS 39215
Telephone: 800.443.1000
E-Mail: kbishop@mdrs.ms.gov

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PROM: Please Return On Monday
Prom Logo

Are you a school in Mississippi Interested in scheduling a PROM program? To see about scheduling a PROM program in your school, please contact the Office of Communication at PROM@mdrs.ms.gov, call 1-800-443-1000 or see below.

What is PROM?
PROM is a public awareness campaign created by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services in 2018 in partnership with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The campaign encourages prom-bound students to understand the “full-circle” of consequences when choosing to drink and drive, text and drive and/or not buckle up.

PROM stands for Please Return on Monday. The full PROM message is: Please Return on Monday -in the same condition you left. YOUR choices today impact YOUR tomorrow.

Are you a school in Mississippi Interested in scheduling a PROM program?
To see about scheduling a PROM program in your school, please contact the Office of Communication at PROM​@mdrs.ms.gov or call 1-800-443-1000. Click here for the required PROM school form.

Learn more about our PROM clients click here

Interested in starting a PROM program in your state?
Click here for more information.

Interested in using the PROM logo?
Please feel free to use the PROM logo in accordance with the set guidelines outlined here.

PROM Resources
• PROM: Mississippi School Resource Video (long video)
• PROM: Please Return on Monday (short intro)
• PROM: How do you want to wear it (video)
• MHP Website and Resources
• MDRS Website and Resources

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MDRS Events

  • Jun
    18
    AbilityWorks of Harrison County | Pre-ETS Grow Event
  • Jun
    19
    AbilityWorks of Harrison County | Pre-ETS Grow Event
  • Jun
    20
    AbilityWorks of Harrison County | Pre-ETS Grow Event
  • Jun
    21
    Quarterly State Rehabilitation Council Meeting

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